10 Unique Non-ER Travel Nursing Jobs
National Nurses Day is right around the corner! On this day, we raise awareness and show our support for these unsung heroes of the medical community. While the majority of these important men and women do work in emergency rooms and on other hospital floors, there are countless others working in unique specialized fields all around the country. Here are ten unique types of non-ER travel nursing jobs found outside of the emergency room.
Home Health is one of the best non-ER travel nurse jobs around! Home Health nurses provide patient education, treatment, and emotional support to help individuals recover from injuries and illnesses. Home health nurses visit patients in their own homes to deliver medical care when a patient (or their family) is unable to care for themselves.
You may think of home health nurses as mainly helping elderly adults who are struggling with dementia or ailments that limit their mobility, but the illnesses home health nurses treat go beyond that. These nurses care for everyone from the elderly to the mentally ill to those recovering from surgery.
This specialty is one of the most holistic forms for nursing and can provide an opportunity to connect with patients outside of a hectic hospital environment.
Dialysis nurses are responsible for administering a life-prolonging procedure. They support, medicate, and monitor patients throughout dialysis as well as educate them on kidney disease and help them to manage their disease. Like with most nursing specialties, the demand for dialysis nurses is on the rise due to the aging population. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the demand for dialysis nurses will increase by at least 26% over the next decade.
Endoscopy nurses are registered nurses with expertise in Endoscopy with an understanding of physiology, pathophysiology, endoscopy procedures, and pharmacodynamics of conscious sedation anesthesia and analgesia. An endoscopy nurse can find a job in a hospital, a private clinic, or a specialist’s office. Whether assisting in the discovery of an ulcer or recommending a specialized diet for a patient with chronic gastritis, endoscopy nurses play an important role in helping patients maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Labor and Delivery
Labor and Delivery nurses, also called perinatal nurses, provide care and support for women before, during, and after delivery of the baby. They are responsible for making sure that the medical, as well as the emotional needs of the patient, are adequately met throughout the entire birthing process. While this position is generally found in a hospital, the environment of a maternity ward is very different than an emergency room. In addition, while childbirth rates fluctuate month over month, there will always be a need to assist in the births of the 4 million babies born in the U.S. each year.
While labor and delivery nurses help with the birth of the child, post-partum/mother-baby nurses educate and assist new mothers with physical and emotional needs during the post-partum period. They perform the dual role of caring for the infants, and educating mothers about care. This specialty must know how to recognize postpartum depression and teach new moms how to address emotions. They also teach the new parents on how to care, bathe breastfeed and/or bottle-feed the newborn and monitor his or her health.
Oncology nurses care for critically or chronically ill cancer patients. They administer chemotherapy, implement new methods of symptom treatment, and monitor their patients’ progress. Oncology nurses also create a supportive environment which includes providing strength for the patient’s family. They may opt to specialize in areas such as pediatric hematology/oncology or breast cancer. The oncology field today is different than in the early days of cancer treatment, with many more treatment options, better pain control, and reduced treatment side effects. Many people are making the transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor and oncology nurses are needed all along the way.
Hospice nurses provide care for terminally ill patients. They work with patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals during the final stages of life. You can either find yourself working in a hospice care facility or in the home of the patient. Unlike with general home health, every hospice patient is terminally ill so the ultimate goal is to keep the patient comfortable. As with other types of travel nursing jobs, but more so with hospice care, the work can be emotionally taxing and takes a special person to do the job.
Cardiac Cath lab nurses perform angioplasties, implant pacemakers, and diagnose cardiac conditions with an invasive catheterization procedure. Cath lab nurses play an important role in preventing potential heart attacks as well as treating heart attack patients by obtaining visual diagnostics of the arteries of the heart. As the patient is generally under some form of anesthesia before and during the procedure, it is often the responsibility of the Cath Lab nurse to prepare the patient for the procedure, both physically and mentally. If you’re looking for unique non-ER travel nursing jobs, try this specialty!
As part of the telemetry unit, telemetry nurses provide care by connecting patients to machines that measure heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, as well as blood-oxygen levels and electrocardiogram information. These machines then send data to computer screens for nurses to monitor. Telemetry nurses read and interpret the data to better determine patient care. While telemetry is not a new field, the technology is continuously improving allowing for more diverse groups of patients to be treated.
Special procedures nurses provide high-quality nursing care to patients requiring radiological procedures. Special procedures nurses do not take a back seat as they require critical thinking skills, scientific judgment, and leadership in planning for the care of the patient. They are also important in providing individualized care, evaluating the effectiveness of nursing care, and recognizing any changes in patient conditions.
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